Retrospective evaluation poisoning patients in emergency department
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Objectives: Purpose of this study was to determine the clinical properties and demographics of the patients admitting to the emergency department with intoxication. Patient and Methods: A retrospective study was conducted with poisoning patients admitted to our ED 1st of June 2005 and 31st of December 2006. Data regarding the age, sex, reason for the intoxication, and presence of psychiatric evaluation were obtained from the patient files. Results: 147 intoxication was admitted to ED. Mean time spent before admission to ED after exposure was 7,61 hours. 78 cases admitted at daytime, 69 cases at night. Agent exposed was drugs at 72 of cases whereas 63 was food and 12 was alcohol. 102 cases were treated in ED and 45 cases admitted to hospital. Psychiatric evaluation was performed on 65 patients. Conclusions: Demographics of the patients admitting to our ED resemble with the findings of other studies reported from Turkey. Intoxication seems to be the problem of young woman and drugs are the most frequent agents. Drug intoxicated cases are younger, report faster to ED and all of them were intended suicide. All of these intentional cases were admitted to a hospital and psychiatric evaluation has been made.